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Rabbits...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:31

A good rabbit proof fence would be your first line of defence, one were the chicken wire is buried under ground and then turned outward to stop them burrowing under.

A terrier would be another good choice if you like dogs. You don't mention mice, now they don't like onions and garlic or the smell of FBB so surrounding your plot with either or would in part deter mice although you can't plant onions/garlic each year in the same spot. 

Fox's like the smell of FBB and go after rabbits. A sprinkling of FBB would be another good choice, attract a fox to kill the rabbits, unless it's an urban fox which has adapted to eat stuff from bins most will leave your veg alone, I maybe wrong on this latter point though?    

Also try planting some stuff which rabbits don't eat, it's my understanding they leave fruit bushes alone and rubarb.

Apart from the fence, I'm trying out some of the above stuff this year on a new allotment for the first time so can't speak from experience. The information was gained from reading books and stuff on the internet, someone else maybe able to offer better advise...   

Buy cheap pay twice...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:07

It was less than £8, so very cheap, the next grade up is double, I'm happy to pay extra if it does the job. Will take it back...Zoomer goes off to see if she can find the receipt...

Money saving and recycling tips

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 20:50

I've saved widgets to put on the ends of canes, tennis balls work to.

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 20:43

First time I grew toms there must have been 40 plus seedlings, narrowed it down to 15 this year but only have room for 8 or 10 tops.

Sorry can't help with the kale.  

spring onions

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 14:12

I've got white lisbon to sow - the packet says they can take 18-24 days to germinate and 12 to 14 weeks to reach picking size what a long time for such a small veg.   

why do i not get email when get reply to my post

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 14:04

Mine come randomly,

Buy cheap pay twice...

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 22:37

Whilst digging up brambles my 20yr old fork snapped......it was so light weight and easy to use...rather than it go to the tool graveyard in the sky ......it has become two very useful tools, the handle is now a dibber for parsnips and the like...and the fork has become an extra large hand fork...

To cut to the chase, I then purchased a cheap garden fork and one of the pronges has bent on first use. Now I didn't expect it to last 20yrs but did expect it to dig up bramble crowns and stop when it came to a stone.

Q is would you take it back or should I just bite the bullet and get a better fork....         

garden pest attacking my baby plants

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:26

Would a mulch of seaweed stop slugs, if left unwashed the salt remains on it. I use seaweed as a mulch in pots, there isn't sufficient salt to harm the plants and can't say I've had a major problem with slugs eating those plants.

I also spray with a home made seaweed feed, doesn't kill them, they go and eat something else  but it keeps the pests at bay.   

Fence Colour Dilemma

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 18:32

I always think it's a case of personnal choice what colour people paint their fence, colour fashions change though and it's not always easy to paint over a colour you decide you nolonger like or get the same shade again. 

I always stick to the same deep brown, flowers in the borders brighten it up. Never had a problem getting the same colour each year and can often pick it up in a sale.

Having said that the shed is a shade of green/jade and I can't get the same colour to paint it again.     

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 20:30

I'm impressed with what everyone's growing, what a good thread, little of a lot is my thinking then if something doesn't grow well the disapointment is over shadowed by the successes.

Nin - wow, how big is your house, I've been limited this year starting stuff off indoors as friends came to stay over Easter, usually the back bedroom is full of seedlings, it's been a real juggling act, sowing later in the GH. I've had to really cut down on the number of plants for the GH.

The allotment has been a priority this year, it's so different in terms of the number of different veggies and amounts you can grow, than growing in a limited space in the back garden although I've loved growing stuff in bags, pots and in the back garden beds...  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:35

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Last Post: 13/03/2015 at 01:26

Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Last Post: 12/02/2015 at 21:24

Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 06:13

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 21:17

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 21:31

Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 09:38

'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 10:44

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 00:11

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
Replies: 6    Views: 437
Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
Replies: 2    Views: 372
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
Replies: 3    Views: 291
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54
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